Fire de­stroys dream home

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON

AFAM­ILY who spent nine years cre­at­ing their dream home are dev­as­tated af­ter a fire ripped through the build­ing.

Anna and Jim Mar­cham, and their daugh­ters El­lie, four, and Josie, two and a half, have been stay­ing with fam­ily since the blaze de­stroyed their home at Long Clough Farm on Bux­ton New Road in Macclesfield For­est.

Much of the stone roof is now col­lapsed into the his­toric build­ing, parts of which date back to 1638.

Anna and Jim lived started ren­o­vat­ing the for- merly derelict farm­house and barns nine years ago.

They lived in a car­a­van on the site for two and a half years be­fore their daugh­ters were born as they worked on the re­fur­bish­ment.

Af­ter they moved into the house and con­tin­ued to do it up to com­plete their dream fam­ily home.

But this week a fire, which was thought to start in a log burner, spread through the house and has com­pletely de­stroyed the home. It started at around 8.30am on Fri­day, when four fire crews were called af­ter Jim spot­ted the fire.

Anna said: “Me and the girls weren’t in the house luck­ily, we’d gone out to nurs­ery then I went to work. But Jim was here.

“He thought it was a small fire at first but very quickly it wasn’t.

“We don’t know what hap­pened. It was aw­ful, there were strong winds and it was dry so the fire just spread so quickly.

“I can’t de­scribe how it felt. We spent so long ren­o­vat­ing the house.

“We lived in a static car­a­van here be­fore the girls came along so we could work on the house. It’s dev­as­tat­ing af­ter nine years cre­at­ing our dream fam­ily home, and now it’s de­stroyed.”

Two fire en­gines from Macclesfield, one from Bolling­ton, one from Wilm­slow and a wa­ter bowser from Der­byshire tack­led the blaze through the af­ter­noon and Red Cross vol­un­teers helped the fam­ily.

Anna said: “The fire brigade were won­der­ful and so were the Red Cross who helped keep us warm and took care of us. We are so thank­ful to the com­mu­nity and our fam­ily. It’s been such an aw­ful shock.”

Fire in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers at­tended and a spokesman from Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said they be­lieve the fire started in a log burner.

Keith Brooks, head of Pre­ven­tion and Pro­tec­tion said: “With tem­per­a­tures drop­ping re­cently and the num­ber of calls re­lat­ing to wood burning stoves and chim­ney fires in­creas­ing. it has prompted this safety call to help keep peo­ple and their fam­i­lies safe from fire.”

●● Fire crews were called out to the newly ren­o­vated Long Clough Farm on Bux­ton New Road af­ter a fire broke out

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